Hello! From very wet Portland, Or!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Saerasx, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. Saerasx

    Saerasx Chirping

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    Hello all! Loving this forum already! I will be getting my first ever chicks next month and couldnt be more excited! Right now I am debating between Easter Eggers and Black Australorps. I have 2 dogs (who wont be in the yard when the hens are out) and a daughter who will be right around 15 months when I get to pick the little fluffs up. Im really wanting a friendly hen and a great egg layer. Of course hubby and I go right for the most expensive coop we can find...the Eglu Go....He likes the look and the practicality of not having a wooden coop- but Im not complaining....SOOO excited! Anyway that is our chick venture in a nutshell :)
     

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Oh, you will love the Black Australorps! They are all I keep. They are very docile, kid friendly, affectionate, and very hardy over all. Great layers as well! Mine follow me around like drooling puppies looking for goodies or a nice warm lap. BIG lap babies.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy which ever breeds you go with!
     
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  3. Saerasx

    Saerasx Chirping

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    Thank you so much for the input! The next big question is do I go with three or four? We cant do roo's and Im nervous how well they will be sexed but I figure they know what they are doing!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Black Australorps are one of those breeds that cannot be feather sexed at hatch. But if you get these from a hatchery and request pullets only, they are pretty good at sexing. If you get your babies from a feed store that carries BA's and only carries pullets, you will have good luck on pullets. Many breeds can be sexed by feather color or growth. BA's can not. I get mine from my local feed store, and I have never brought home a rooster. The lady that runs the store says that she gets 100 BA's each year and she MIGHT get 1 roo in the bunch. So not too bad.

    I would get at least 3 if not 4. You never know if you might lose some during brooding.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Oh and how they sex BA's is vent sexing. I have no idea what they are looking at!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Saerasx

    Saerasx Chirping

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    I have wondered that exact same thing! [​IMG]
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! I'd vote for two of each, those green eggs are fun, and the two breeds usually get along fine.
     
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  8. Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]




    BYC has a really nice learning center [​IMG]



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    Some of our EE pullets [​IMG]

    EE's are known more for their egg color not the mass amount of
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - good luck with your chicken project.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I don't think I want to know what vent sexing is [​IMG]
     

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